How to Root Rockchip Devices in Linux

Rooting methods for devices based on Rockchip RK3066 and Rk3188 are usually only provided for Windows, so if you run Linux as your main operating system, you would either need to find a Windows based devices, or run Windows in a virtual machine.  Luckily, Linux users may not have to switch to Windows anymore thanks to the instructions provided in one article that I’ll summarize below. The steps below are for Ubuntu / Debian based systems, but should be easily adaptable to other distributions.

Set up ADB access to the device

  1. Install adb:
  2. Edit/create /etc/udev/rules.d/51-android.rules with the following line in order to let standard users connect to the device:
  3. Make sure that the Linux user is part of group “plugdev”:
  4. Reload of the USB access rules to get the latest one on:
  5. Add your device USB Vendor ID to adb list. e.g.:
  6. Restart the adb server:
  7. Verify adb is working with your device by listing the connected devices:

Configure your Rockchip device for ADB access.

This part is exactly the same as for the Windows methods, so I’ll be prompt. You first need to enable “Mass Storage” USB connection, enable “Unknown source”, and finally enable “USB debugging” in the “Developer Options” in Android.

Rooting the Rockchip device from a Linux terminal

  1. Download TPSarky-VonDroid-Root.rar with su, SuperSU, busybox, and RootExplorer binaries, extract the files, and go to the directory in a terminal window.
  2. Download the rooting script, and save it as
  3. Make the script executable:
  4. Run, and follow the instructions. It will take a while as a few reboot of your Android device are needed, as is the case in Windows too with TPSparky method.

Your Rockchip device should now be rooted from a Linux PC. I haven’t tried it myself, but the method is known to work at least on RK3066 devices, if you’ve also tried successfully or not with RK3188 devices, do let us know in the comments’ section. Please be aware that with this type of procedure things can go bad, data be lost, and worse case, you may even brick your device.

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